Senate warns INEC over election time table

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2018

This amendment, which is at variance with INEC elections time-table earlier published in accordance with the Principal Act, and which stipulates Presidential and National Assembly elections were to hold first, while governorship and state assembly would follow, did not go down well with President Buhari.

The president's rejection was contained in a letter read Tuesday on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which meant to change the country's elections sequence, Daily Trust has learned.

President Buhari further stated that the amendment to section 152 (325) of the principal Act may raise constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.

In a previous report by, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 28, stated that lawmakers would not hesitate to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto if he refused to agree with the Electoral Act Amendment bill.

"Please accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration", the president stated.

Following the Senate President's comments, the Senate moved to insert an additional clause to the Motion urging the entire National Assembly to ensure the adequate funding for healthcare across the nation, in-line with the provisions of the National Primary Healthcare Act in the 2018 budget.

Some Nigerian lawyers had in separate interviews with PREMIUM TIMES reacted to the reordering of the 2019 election timetable by the National Assembly.

This is contained in a Bill seeking to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission, now being processed for passage by the Senate Committees on INEC and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. From January 2016 and December 2017, we have been taken to court over 400 times, which comes to over 1000 litigations since the 2015 general elections and the number keeps increasing.

"The provisions for various sections of the constitution, are very clear, especially section 15 of the Top Schedule". You organise a thing by systematising it.

"The bill, when passed into law, will not only ensure speedy and effective prosecution of electoral offenders, it will also enable the commission to focus and prioritise on its other extensive responsibilities as an election management body (EMB)", he said. It is against all known laws of the land.

According to them, it is a step forward in sanitizing the political environment for safe conduct of elections in Nigeria.

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